process

today my offering is of some process shots of my canvas ‘connected’.

in september 2013 i had the privilege of participating in flora bowley’s bloom true class, https://uc112.infusionsoft.com/go/BT/Jaybird , so the process i use when painting large canvases is as i learned from flora. i know i only gleaned a little bit and there is so much more to learn. i do hope to return to the land of bloom true for more precious jewels in the not too distant future.

i will remain forever grateful for flora’s bloom true course, as it brought about a significant shift in my life during a time of darkness and turmoil. today i enjoy practicing art as much as i can, growing into my own ‘style’, working out what is working and letting go of what isn’t. i am excited to be on this whimsical artful journey of life. i’m still finding my feet. i am still a work in progress. i need only to take the first step and let the process of life unfold.

today i know i am spiralling into a colourful life. with decadent gratefulness and wild abandon.

first layer, connected. cool.
first layer, connected. cool.
2nd layer. warm
2nd layer. warm.
layer 3, black. the owl has appeared but i'm yet to see her.
layer 3, black and white. the owl has appeared but i’m yet to notice.
some shading now. cool.
some shading now. cool.
looking for an appearance. using white to highlight. i notice a figure on the left of the canvas.
looking for an appearance. using white to highlight. i notice a figure on the left of the canvas.
at this stage i i know i want to honour the moon, the owl and the tree. there's another bird who has appeared also and i know she must stay too.
at this stage i know i want to honour the moon, the owl and the tree. there’s another bird who has appeared also and i know she belongs too.
blow me down, there's a figure in the tree. her hands are raised. i am blessed.
blow me down, there’s a figure in the tree. her arms are raised. i am blessed. do you see the figure?
i think there may be a mountain appearing. and the figure of a person is there too.
i think there may be a mountain appearing. and the figure of a person is there too. i notice what appears to be a ‘hell-like’ state at the bottom right of the canvas.
the mountain is now defined. i begin to play with the figure. i'm not sure what will happen, then i know it is a person with their back to me.
the mountain is now defined. i begin to play with the figure. i’m not sure what will happen, then i know it is a person who has their back to me.
she nears completion. the person in contemplation looks remarkably like my sister. i am amazed. and thankful. and connected.
she nears completion. the person in contemplation looks remarkably like my sister. i am amazed. and thankful. and connected.

Connected.

connected - resized 1 professional shot


19 thoughts on “process

  1. LOVED seeing the progress of this painting!! Every time you posted progress and then the final picture of this painting on FB I felt really connected with it. The shapes and colours just speak to me. The sitting figure reminds me a bit of a Buddha (the shape of the head/hair)

    I think it’s so important for us to always be a work in progress.The day we think we are done is the day we become complacent and stop growing and learning.

    YAY for keeping up with your blogging goal! I’m just about keeping up with my Art 101 goal (2 paintings a week on average).

    1. thanks Iris! yes, some had suggested that the sitting figure might in fact be a buddha and it was a beautiful surprise to me when the figure then represented my sister! such a blessing. i’m so thankful to be a part of the art101 artists supporting artists group too. so much to be grateful for.

  2. hey wow, it really does look like aunty mandy! dammit, does that mean the painting is hers? i thought you did it for me

    1. well now little fierce one, truth be told, all of my paintings are yours. i do them all for you! and you, my beloved, are one of the greatest living paintings that was ever created. xx

  3. thanks Iris! yes, some had suggested that the sitting figure might in fact be a buddha and it was a beautiful surprise to me when the figure then represented my sister! such a blessing. i’m so thankful to be a part of the art101 artists supporting artists group too. so much to be grateful for.

  4. Wow Jenn I really love the process! I feel really connected, how awesome! You are truly talented…go girl! xoxo

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